From the Ashes: PHOENIXS – A Benefit Concert for Ateneo de Zamboanga University

By Martin Velasco (G11D)
Photos by Marco Milan, Media Team Vice President

Last July 21, Xavier School held a charity concert entitled “PHOENIXS,” which showcased a variety of homegrown talents from both the student body and faculty members. The show was done in support of our Jesuit brothers and sisters from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, who recently suffered a fire that ravaged their buildings, including the university’s gym, costing a total of hundreds of millions of pesos in damage. Proceeds raised from the PHOENIXS concert will be given to our sister school in order to aid them in their rebuilding efforts.

The evening’s event was hosted by Joshua Dizon and Kyle Atienza, and the show opened with a few words from the school president, Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J. His opening remarks included the importance of solidarity between the Xaverians and our friends in Zamboanga, and how this molds young minds to become better people.

The first performance of the night was XS MOVERS, a grade school dance team that left a lasting impression on the audience with their cartwheeling and beat bop dance moves. This was followed by a performance by the Voicebox and the Circle of Communion Charters, both grade school singing groups that showcased their ability to impress despite their youth.

Next, the XSongwriter’s Club performed their original songs. Members from the ODS and SAP, including Mr. Wendell De Ocampo, Mr. Xavier Su, Mr. Hermel Manahan, and Mr. James Rivera, also shared their talents as they serenaded the crowd with various pop songs. Following the singers was one of the most awaited parts of the concert, a sequence by Dance X, Xavier School’s own well-loved dance troupe.

There was also a performance by teachers from the Filipino Department, which included Mr. Jared Uy, Ms. Rhea Gallenito, Ms. Deidre Morales. They sang hugot songs that centered on themes of rising up and moving on. Other numbers included Muffy’s Room, a relatively new senior band that sang some retro and contemporary songs, and Pugfish, a popular homegrown band that has become a staple in many Xavier events.

The concert also featured a jamming performance by some grade school teachers like Ms. Cuerdo, Ms. Mateo, Ms. Regaya, Mr. Jaime, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Bautista, Mr. Alcala and Mr. Borja. They sang OPM songs, which undoubtedly inspired their grade school students to express themselves in the same manner.

Last, but definitely not the least, was De Novo, an a capella group composed of some of Xavier School’s finest voices. Their performance featured not only songs in English, but also a Spanish version of “I Believe I Can Fly,” a performance that urged the audience to demand an encore.

To close the event, a few closing remarks were given by a representative from Ateneo de Zamboanga. “It’s happy seeing Jesuit schools loving each other and helping each other,” he said as he sincerely expressed his gratitude for the compassion extended to them by Xavier School.

PHOENIXS not only showcased Xavier’s homegrown talents, but also served as an opportunity for Xaverians to exhibit compassion and solidarity. Through PHOENIXS, the community has given hope to our brothers and sisters in the face of tragedy and adversity.

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